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Nov 3, 2019

November 3, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Bible Chapel Family, We come before you today with very heavy hearts, saddened by the necessity of this statement regarding Dr. James MacDonald. The content of this statement is going to be very difficult to hear. We want to start by being clear that Harvest Bible Chapel is very thankful for the 30 […]

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Nov 1, 2019

October 31, 2019 Finance Committee Video Update

 From the Finance Committee: Last month we explained the updated dashboard that you will continue to see each month. You can now view this month’s dashboard at this link. We want you to know any question that is asked of us will be researched before we give an answer. Depending on the question, some may take […]

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Sep 27, 2019

September 27, 2019 Finance Committee Video Update

 As announced last month, the Finance Committee will be providing monthly financial dashboards to our church for the prior month. See the August dashboard here. Also, beginning this weekend, the method used to report weekly giving has been updated for greater clarity. These weekly giving updates can be found on the back of your sermon […]

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Sep 15, 2019

September 15, 2019 Elder Video Update

Harvest Family, This was a big weekend in the life of our church as we press into all the Lord has for us this year. In case you were unable to be there or if you’d like to watch it again, here is the video from this past weekend regarding the future vision of our […]

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Aug 2, 2019

August 2, 2019 Elder Update

Ongoing Investigation Last fall (October 23, 2018, all-church email), it was reported that evidence of financial misconduct had been discovered in relation to our former CIO. An attorney and forensic accountant were secured to conduct an internal investigation, and a preliminary report was filed with the Elgin Police Department. Currently, the Elgin Police continue their ongoing […]

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Jul 17, 2019

July 17, 2019 Elder Update

Church Family, Harvest has formed the new finance committee which met for the first time last week. The committee will be meeting on a regular basis and is responsible for providing oversight, reviewing budgets, preparing reports for the congregation, and making recommendations regarding fiscal policy and financial practices for our church. We believe that the […]

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Family, As the Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel, we are entrusted with overseeing the doctrine, discipline, and direction of the church. This week, we made an important decision regarding the direction and future of the Niles Campus. We have unanimously decided to begin the process of transitioning our Niles Campus to become a […]

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May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Family, On May 16, 2019, we received a letter informing us that James MacDonald is pursuing arbitration with Harvest Bible Chapel through the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Arbitration is a method used to resolve disputes outside of the courts.  Essentially, it allows a group of arbitrators to listen to arguments presented by both […]

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May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Family, A recent development has occurred that we, the Elder Board and the Church Leadership Team, wish to bring to your attention, our church family.  On April 12, a separation agreement between James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel was signed. However, the agreement was contingent on our mortgage lender’s approval. Today, we were encouraged […]

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May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019 Elder Update

As of April 30, 2019, with the two weeks of congregational feedback being completed, we have been installed as the new board for Harvest Bible Chapel. Also, effective tonight, all the current elders have officially resigned from the board.  We have each been prayerfully seeking the Lord throughout this process.  We are honored to serve Jesus […]

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Apr 30, 2019

April 30, 2019 Elder Update

Later today, Lord willing, the new elder board will be confirmed and our time serving on the board will have come to an end. Despite the challenges of this current season, it has been a privilege to serve the Lord and the church on the elder board. Yet, we also understand that as the church […]

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Mar 23, 2019

March 23, 2019 Elder Update

To our Harvest family, This week one of our elders, Dan George, resigned from the elder board, writing a blog post and sharing it on social media.  Because this was done publicly, we feel the need to respond to our congregation in order to avoid confusion or give the impression to our church body that […]

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Feb 26, 2019

February 26, 2019 Elder Update

Harvest Family, Pastor Rick Donald, Harvest’s longtime Assistant Senior Pastor, is taking a one month leave of absence. The elders suggested this as a means of allowing Pastor Rick some time to process and reflect on all the changes in recent weeks. – The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel

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Feb 21, 2019

February 21, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Bible Chapel Family: On Tuesday evening, the Elder board met and made significant decisions that we believe are crucial in helping Harvest move forward in the days and weeks ahead. As many of you know, the Elder board was made up of over 30 men with a few of those men serving on […]

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Feb 17, 2019

February 17, 2019 Elder Update

ELDER STATEMENT | Read in services February 16-17, 2019 Bill Sperling, Elder, Executive Committee As you can imagine, this has been a difficult week for our entire church family, without question one of the most difficult weeks in the history of our church. Late Tuesday night the Elders unanimously decided to terminate Pastor James from […]

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Feb 13, 2019

February 13, 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Bible Chapel Family: It is with great sadness that we as the Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel wish to convey to you a very recent development that has caused us to take immediate action regarding our Senior Pastor, Dr. James MacDonald. Following a lengthy season of review, reflection, and prayerful discussion, the Elders […]

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Jan 19, 2019

January 2019 Elder Update

ELDER STATEMENT | Read in services January 19-20, 2019 I stand before you as an Elder of Harvest Bible Chapel to deliver this statement on behalf of the entire Elder Board. While God has done amazing things in and through Harvest Bible Chapel over the past 30 years and we have much to celebrate, it […]

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Jan 16, 2019

January 2019 Elder Update

Dear Harvest Family, We have tried a variety of different strategies to address external criticisms over the past several years. It has become apparent that these efforts have failed to fully identify and address our personal failures, sins, and errors in leadership, thus perpetuating a continuation of the criticism. In prayerful reflection upon all that […]

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